Review: Four Weddings and a Sixpence: An Anthology by Julia Quinn, Elizabeth Boyle, Laurie Lee Guhrke, and Stefanie Sloane

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Review: Four Weddings and a Sixpence: An Anthology by Julia Quinn, Elizabeth Boyle, Laurie Lee Guhrke, and Stefanie Sloane

Julia Quinn, Elizabeth Boyle, Laurie Lee Guhrke, and Stefanie Sloane bring you the tale of four friends from Madame Rochambeaux's Gentle School for Girls who find an old sixpence in their bedchamber and decide that it will be the lucky coin for each of their weddings.

"Something Old”
Julia Quinn’s prologue introduces her heroine Beatrice Heywood and the premise for Four Weddings and a Sixpence.

“Something New”
In Stefanie Sloane’s unforgettable story, an ever-vigilant guardian decrees that Anne Brabourne must marry by her twenty-first birthday. But love finds her in the most unexpected of ways.

“Something Borrowed”
Elizabeth Boyle tells the tale of Cordelia Padley, who has invented a betrothed to keep her family from pestering her to wed. Now she’ll need to borrow one to convince them she’s found her true love.

“Something Blue”
In Laura Lee Guhrke’s story, unlucky Lady Elinor Daventry has her sixpence stolen from her and must convince the rake who pilfered the coin to return it in time for her own wedding.

“... and a Sixpence in Her Shoe”
Julia Quinn finishes with the story of Beatrice Heywood, who never believed that the sixpence was anything but a tarnished old coin—until it led all of her friends to true love. But her faith in the coin is tested when it keeps sending her to the wrong man! (less)

Title: Four Weddings and a Sixpence: An Anthology
Author: Elizabeth Boyle, Julia Quinn, Laurie Lee Guhrke, Stefanie Sloane
Other books by this author that we've reviewed: If Wishes Were Earls, The Viscount Who Lived Down the Lane, Mad About the Major (Bachelor Chronicles #8.5), A Night Like This , The Sum of All Kisses, Because of Miss Bridgerton, The Girl with the Make-Believe Husband
Published by Avon
Source: Publisher
Published: December 27, 2016
Genres: Regency Romance
Pages: 384
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Purchase your copy: Amazon

Stars: four-half-stars
Flames: two-half-flames
I received this book for free from the Publisher or Author in exchange for an honest review, or I purchased it with my own funds. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.
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If you’re in the mood for a quick, fun regency romp, these authors have delivered in a seamless anthology, just in time for the post-Christmas slump! (I don’t know about you, but for me, there’s something very centering about reading a good book after the holiday insanity has slowed down.)

In the introduction (Something New), JQ gives us the backstory. I admit to being a little confused at the four characters thrown at me, but I knew I was going to get each’s story, so I didn’t concern myself too much with keeping them all straight. The setup was cute – the girls are at their finishing school, and they find a sixpence stuck in a mattress. They all decide it’ll be their lucky coin that will bring them their true loves, and off we go…

In the first story, Something New, Stephanie Sloane shows that her writing can hang with the best. She flawlessly delivers the story of Anne Brabourne and the Rhys, the Duke of Dorset. Their chemistry was quick and fairly believable, keeping in mind that it is a novella, and their love develops via getting to know each other versus falling in insta-lust. I’ll definitely be picking up more Stephanie Sloane books!

In the second one, Something Borrowed, Elizabeth Boyle pairs two old childhood friends. Kipp, the Earl of Thornton, is set to marry for duty, and while he finds his bride-to-be attractive, there’s something about her that has him dragging his feet to pop the question. The day he decides he’s going to simply get it over with, his childhood friend Cordelia Padley arrives with a desperate request: Pretend their engaged for the upcoming wedding of her friend, so that her aunts leave her be…and she doesn’t have to admit that she’d been lying to them for quite some time about already being engaged to him. Their friends-turned-lovers story was, in true Boyle fashion, sweet and quite humorous at times.

I think the third story, Something Blue, was my least favorite. Guhrke introduces Elinor (Ellie) Daventry and Lawrence Blackthorne (who is friends with Kipp from the previous story). These two were very much in love until Blackthorne accused Ellie’s father of treason. Ellie stood by her dad, of course, and they broke up amongst much heartache and betrayal. *SPOILER ALERT – SKIP TO NEXT PARAGRAPH TO AVOID* I hated how Blackthorne turned out to be right, but worse, I didn’t believe that Ellie was simply accepting that her father (“the one man who had always loved her”) was this horrible person. Shouldn’t she have been more destroyed by the fact that the man she trusted was exactly opposite of everything she believed him to be for, oh, the entirety of her life? I wasn’t a fan of that.

And with the final story, …And a Sixpence in Her Shoe, Julia Quinn brings this anthology to a great end. Beatrice Heywood is an unconventional heroine who geeks out over telescopes and science. The quick banter, intelligence, and wit of Bea and our hero, Lord Frederick, all make for a typical JQ trip down Lovers Lane. This one read quicker than the others for me; it was fast-paced and fun, and left me with a smile a mile wide when I finished it.

 

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